It was back in July that I wrote about removing the loft from our play space. At that time it looked like this;
I liked the way the block bin looked when it was placed diagonally across the room but it did not function well. There was limited room in the block area and the angles were causing issues with my plans for replacing the old rubber floor tiles.
So, a few weeks ago I moved the block bin back towards the cozy couch. This move makes the reading nook into a smaller, quieter area that is less prone to active play and heavy traffic flow. It also provided a much larger space for block building adjacent to the workshop/music area.
Love the new flooring now too.
I added an another shelf between the back of the block bin and the dress-up clothes rack. This adds stability, provides extra counter space for the housekeeping area and creates a ‘tunnel’ so the children crawl through to the cozy bench instead of running and jumping 😉
The larger, combined block/workshop/music space has also allowed me to incorporate the new-to-us/second hand ‘science table’ that was donated to our program – thanks Jamie!
I certainly had no intention of restricting the use of the table to only science activities. With all the tools in the workshop area beside the table I thought it might make a good workbench. So far the children’s favourite use for the table is another tunnel – they much prefer to crawl under the table to get to the nature area instead of walking (running) around the table. They also like to use the spaces in the table as tunnels for the toys;
Maybe it is the new room arrangement but dropping – and catching – objects through the pipes has been gaining popularity again too.
We’re loving all the new activity with the old stuff.